HVAC System Efficiency Comparison Tool Helps Building Professionals Choose

HVAC System Efficiency Comparison Tool Helps Building Professionals Choose

A new total commercial building HVAC comparison tool may help prospective builders, consulting engineers and design-build professionals may seriously simplify the vetting process for HVAC systems during the early design phase. Here’s how.

Michigan PACE Programs Set to Boom, Says Lender

Michigan PACE Programs Set to Boom, Says Lender

The state of Michigan is on the verge of exploding with PACE projects, according to Andy Levin, president of Levin Energy Partners LLC. Levin, who promotes PACE through the company’s Lean & Green Michigan program, says nearly 10 energy management improvement projects in Michigan have taken … Read more…

Number of Zero-Net Energy Buildings Surges

Number of Zero-Net Energy Buildings Surges

The number of zero-net energy (ZNE) commercial buildings in the United States doubled between 2014 and 2017, according to newbuildings.org. As facilityexecutive.com points out, the growth is due primarily to industry leadership, technology market evolution, construction workforce development, policies, and consumer awareness. Also helping the … Read more…

Commercial Building Retrofits Follow Ultra-Low Energy Trend

Commercial Building Retrofits Follow Ultra-Low Energy Trend

The ultra-low energy trend has finally expanded from new building construction to envelop retrofits for commercial buildings, according to a 2017 white paper from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Ultra-low energy buildings are defined as ones that produce as much energy as … Read more…

DOE Announces Release of Updated, Interactive CHP Database

DOE Announces Release of Updated, Interactive CHP Database

The The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Advanced Manufacturing Office announced the release of an updated database that contains a comprehensive listing of combined heat and power (CHP) installations throughout the country. The updated version of the Combined Heat and Power Installation Database contains a comprehensive … Read more…

Planet Fitness Announces First Net-Zero Energy Location

Planet Fitness Announces First Net-Zero Energy Location

Planet Fitness has announced that its St. Petersburg, Florida, location has become the chain’s first net-zero energy building. The gym partnered with Solar Energy Management to incorporate clean, renewable solar energy into the building’s redesign, which, according to proudgreenbuilding.com, involved the placement of 179 kilowatts … Read more…

Denver Imposes $2,000 Fine for Building Owners Who Don’t File Energy Benchmarking Reports

Denver Imposes $2,000 Fine for Building Owners Who Don’t File Energy Benchmarking Reports

Owners and operators of Denver commercial and multifamily buildings have until Sept. 2 to file 2016 energy benchmarking reports, or face a $2,000 fine. The requirement is part of a city ordinance adopted late last year that requires commercial and multi-family buildings with more than a … Read more…

Chicago Now the Top US Market for Energy-Efficient Office Buildings

Chicago Now the Top US Market for Energy-Efficient Office Buildings

Chicago now has the most building spaces with LEED and Energy Star certification in the United States, according to a new study from the commercial real estate services firm CBRE and Maastricht University. The 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index ranked the Windy City top … Read more…

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